We consider audio to be a lecture or speech if one or more people address an audience sequentially. (For example: One person speaks or introduces somebody, the speaker addresses the audience or class, the moderator concludes the session.)
If there are multiple speakers such as a round-table or panel discussion, please see either Seminars or Panel Discussions instead.
Time coding is available as a billable option if your materials are submitted on VHS or DVD with a visible time code window burn (BITC).
Type 2 pricing applies to all Lectures or Speeches where any of the following occur:
- Not professionally recorded.
- There is a brief Q&A session. (Lecture followed by Questions)
- Socratic Method (Lecturer and Audience interact throughout)
- Recorded on Microcassette.
- Excessive room or audience noise.
- Accents (British, foreign, heavy regional, or otherwise).
- Speakers using English as a second language.
- Two speakers at the same time.
- Poor sound quality (tape or environment).
- Material is of a highly technical nature.
- Recorded from the audience.
If there is an extensive Q&A session ( more than 10 minutes in length) or the Q&A is really a back-and-forth, then that portion of the file would bill at our Type-3 rate.
Type 1 pricing applies only if the lecture is professionally recorded with a direct feed from the microphone into professional equipment. Additionally, the speaker must speak American dialect English as a first language. (For example: European lecturers who speak English as a second language will be billed as Type-2.)
We have found that most lectures and speeches are billed as Type-2 as they do not meet the strict sound quality requirements for Type-1.
If there is a Q&A session that you want transcribed, then the entire length of the lecture is billed as Type-2. (We do not separate the lecture from the Q&A as a general rule. If we were to do so, the Q&A portion would bill at the Type-3 rate)
- If there is a presentation aspect to the Lecture, consider video taping it and sending us a VHS tape or DVD . This will increase the accuracy of your transcript.
- For Audio Cassettes, each side of the cassette is billed as a separate transcript. Thus, if you have a 60 minute phone call and 45 minutes of it are on Side A and 15 minutes are on Side B, you will be billed for two transcripts, one 45 minutes, the other 15 minutes. See our advice on Audio Cassette Recording for more details.